My partner and I are traveling to the Big Island in a few months and have our lodging, flights, car rental, etc already booked. We're currently staying 7 nights in Kona followed by 3 nights in Hilo. Our Kona lodging is an oceanfront townhouse at Kona Surf and Racquet Club. As I've been doing more research, I'm having second thoughts about staying in Kona and decided to switch to either Mauna Kea or Mauna Lani (rental in either area).
A bit about us: 30ish, no kids, no other couples coming. During our stay on the Kona side of the island, our main thing we probably will do is hang out at the beach, snorkel, do some shopping/exploring. We found some really great options at the Fairways, Golf Villas, and the Palm at Mauna Lani. We saw a few condos we liked (didn't seem like there was a big selection) at Mauna Lea.
From doing lots of searches on here, I have learned a ton of info about each area. It seems like Hapuna Beach and Mauna Kea Beach are where we'd spend more of our time but we'd certainly enjoy the good snorkeling beaches that Mauna Lani offer.
I think we're leaning towards Mauna Lani but its still up in the air. What is parking like at the beaches near Mauna Kea? I understand that if we stay in Mauna Lani, we can park at the 'gated' parking lot for the beaches at Mauna Lani?